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3/6/12 12:15 P

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RAH RAH RAH!!! BOOKWYRMB! Everything she said!

I wonder about your exercise and choices thereof. Most of the ancestral or primal lifestyles recommend low-impact exercise in moderation. Walk a lot and lift and carry things around are what I'm remembering. In my case, other medical considerations preclude my being able to exercise even when I'd like to. Despite that, I've lost a whopping amount of weight just on the low-carb diet my endocrinologist prescribes.

I noted also that you're trying to follow the "conventional wisdom" of most diets by choosing low-fat products. Stop that! LOL Fats are what we're genetically programmed to utilize. You have to provide them in place of carbs so your body quits trying to burn the easy calories (carbs) and switches to the natural ones (fats).

I snack on things like bacon and jerky and cracklins, hard-boiled eggs and frozen shrimp, nuts, and yes - cheese. I moderate the cheese, but I do eat it, especially in roll-ups with various roasted meats. Don't fall for the "healthy grains" thing. Grains aren't healthy. I will very rarely eat a few very low-carb crackers as a base for meat and cheese, but it's uncommon, and virtually the only sort of grain allowance I permit myself. I eat nearly no starchy vegetables. I eat tons of salad with all the veggie and meaty toppings I can pile on. I go easy on dressing because of the carbs, but in all else (ie, cooking) I use plenty of fats: REAL butter or ghee, especially pastured, bacon renderings, whole cream (or, even better, whole pastured milk!).

This may sound counterintuitive to a reducing diet - in fact, most people look askance at what I'm eating, since I'm eating better than they are! I know they think I'm cheating like mad. LOL But this is what's proven to be my magic bullet, and although the loss is slower now than it was initially, it's still working, and I feel great.

Cut your carbs as much as you're able and fill in with fats. And don't go over the top with exercise. Some is good, too much and your body's going to try to conserve your reserves to meet the need. Good luck!

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2/19/12 5:49 P

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I agree, cheese(to much) will stall you and add a lot of sodium. I also agree with the 10000 steps and most of it being cardio if not all plus the FDA (or somebody) said that is only for "staying active" not enough for losing weight that would be 15000 steps of cardio, 20 min mile for probably 5 miles. I get about 5000 steps for 3.25 miles at 20 min a mile.



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2/19/12 12:51 P

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Water really does help as does exercise for me. It decreases my appetite.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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2/18/12 7:17 P

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There is a lot of great advice. One other thought..... water. 8 glasses of water a day. It really helps in weight loss.

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2/11/12 10:17 P

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I'm a huge fan of Protein Power. The 30 Day Low Carb Diet Solution by the Eades is one of my favorite diet books.

I'm not a fan of bread and can't handle it - gluten and I are not friends - but lots of M.D.'s are in love with 100% whole wheat bread and some people do tolerate it. It really does ball up in my gut and make me ill, thus the name. LOL.

My doctor is on board for lower carb too - whatever I can do to keep my medical conditions under control.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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I have to agree with the rest of the gals here - it sounds to me like you're not eating enough. Maybe adding more fat and some more low carb proteins as well.

I lean towards the Protein Power Lifeplan, so I stick to 30 grams carbs per day, but those 30 can be whatever. I don't eat bread - I think Morticia called it "dough balls" one time! :o)

And I have the blessing of my doctor. She told me if I liked it and if it worked, "go for it". (although a lot of doctors do not agree).

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2/11/12 12:38 P

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Cynder, I assumed that you were still on the South Beach diet so the recommendations that Kierae and I are giving you are chiefly for that diet.

South Beach is not a low carb diet and this is not a low carb group, though we do welcome those plans and many of us follow them. This is a smart carb group.

South Beach has 4.5 servings of veggies, 2 servings of low fat dairy, olive oil or canola oil or transfat free spreads, 1/2 cup of beans, other select proteins, plus nuts, cheese, etc. with fruit, a few select starches, and whole grains added in phase 2. It is an excellent diet designed by a cardiologist.

You should always follow your M.D.s advice, though if it is not working for you I would discuss it with him once you have followed the plan as ordered for a few weeks. With his permission you could try try some other diets, like a paleo/primal type diet described here which is also a great diet. Both Kierae and I lean toward that sort of diet as does Sharon and some of our other members but it is not for everyone and you should do what your M.D. recommends.

Edited by: MORTICIAADDAMS at: 2/11/2012 (12:40)
-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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2/11/12 11:56 A

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Are you doing a certain plan (kinda sounds like South beach)...diet looks low in calories. If you are SB, get in two cups of dairy, make sure you are getting in 4 1/2 cups of veggies, recommended 1/2 cup of beans and dont be afraid of fat (ie cook w/oil). Not alot of info iin your posting - what plan, how long since the scale has moved, is the tape measure moving..etc

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2/11/12 11:54 A

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You are going to think I am out of my freaking head when you read my anaylsis of your weight loss stall. Really, you will. But here goes:

You are possibly stressing your body with TOO MUCH exercise! I cannot tell from here, because I don't know how intensely you are doing them, but it is a consideration. You definitely want to keep up the walking. You might enjoy reading on the website Mark's Daily Apple how to "lift heavy things and sprint" occasionally. He explains so very well how to get in shape in the minimum amount of time with the minimum amount of stress on the body. Stress stalls weight loss much of the time. Counter intuitive, I know.

Even more counter-intuitive is what I am going to tell you about your food choices. Hold onto your hat!

Avoid all low fat and fat free products! Avoid all soy products. Eat sugar free, nitrate/nitrite free pork bacon (unless you keep Kosher). Eat only pastured or wild caught animal products, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy that are treated humanely and fed their natural diets (chickens do not naturally eat a vegetarian diet and cows do not eat animal products or sugar or high-grain diets). Avoid all foods originally created in a lab. Eat as your body was designed to be fed, by real food. If your ancestors 200 years ago would not recognize it, don't eat it. Add coconut oil to your regimen. It boosts metabolism and heals much that is wrong with our stressed bodies.

Obviously, this is not what you have been hearing. Read up a bit on what is being discovered by scientists who are NOT being supported by Big Ag or Big Pharma. Start with any of these: Taubes's Why We Get Fat and The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson or his newest book The 21 Day Primal Blueprint Total Body Makeover. I particularly love that one and Nora Gedgaudas's Primal Body, Primal Mind. Also great, especially if you are still having children is Catherine Shanahan, MD's Deep Nutrition. If you are past childbearing, then her Food Rules is good. Please don't get the other author's book by the same title. There are so many other great books out there that can help you understand the message your body is trying to send you. These are some of the current and great ones, but there are so many more.

When you stop telling your body that it is starving and that it can stop storing fat for the famine, then it will release that fat for burning. When it sees that you are having to eat non-foods that it doesn't recognize from thousands of years of ancestral experience, it assumes a famine is evident. When it is deprived of fat, it thinks the famine has already started, that you are starting to have to eat only grass, leaves, and stalks, things our ancestors ate a lot of when animals were unavailable, so it winds down your metabolism, starts burning blood sugar instead of fat and sending hunger signals to you to eat every two or three hours in hopes of gettting you to find real food. When you reduce the carbs, moderate the protein to only what you need for maintenance and repair, and increase your intake of clean, natural fats, your body says, "Hey, the famine is over! The fat of the land is again available. I can let go of all that stored fat now."

In other words, increase calories from fats, keep your proteins to a reasonable level, and reduce starchy veggies and high glycemic fruits. Eat your low starch veggies with fat (raw or organic butter from grass fed, pastured cows or bacon drippings or coconut oil or olive oil, etc.) Choose clean sources of protein and nothing synthesized. Stay away from commercial seed or vegetable oils andproducts made from them such as commercial mayo and salad dressings.

Edited by: BOOKWYRMB at: 2/11/2012 (12:42)
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If possible I would increase my walking to 10,000 steps a day - that averages to 5 miles for many people unless you are short like me and then it takes me 12,250 or so to get 5 miles. That is pretty standard for what everyone should get a day. Get a pedometer and track your steps.

Your breakfast sounds okay except that I see no advantage to the turkey bacon. It has more sodium and you can purchase lower sodium bacon.

My guess is that you are being stalled out by cheese. One serving a day is enough. That is one ounce. You are having 3.

I would also increase my vegetable intake unless you are on one of a handful of plans that limit them for the first couple of weeks. Most low carb plans encourage fresh low glycemic veggies, even Atkins.

If it were me I would also increase my intake of fresh food and eat less processed. You are most likely retaining fluid as you have a very high salt intake.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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2/11/12 11:42 A

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I've been adding fiber.... Believe it or not it helps...emoticon

Don't be so hard on yourself as you take steps toward living a healthier life. Focus on the positive changes you've made in your life, from new, healthier foods to a new way of thinking about exercise. You've committed yourself to living a longer, better life.Don't set unreasonable goals. Before long you’ll be enjoying an incredible new way of life and continuing forward with more confidence, more energy and a whole new outlook for the future.


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2/11/12 11:08 A

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The walking and any other exercise is great. The food you are listing sounds pretty low in carbs, though I don't know what everything is. However, if you drop carbs (and you should) you need to pick up calories other places or you will be hungry or your body will go into starvation mode or both. I make up the calories I don't eat as carbs by eating healthy fats (and some that are not considered as healthy).



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help what am i doing wrong i walk 2 miles dvd 6x wk and chair exersices for wts thats all good food not so good for breakfast 2 slices turkey bacon egg beaters 1 slice of fat free cheddard cheese snack almonds 14 and 1 string cheese lunch is a cottage cheese and a boca chicken snack v8 dinner lean meat and veg snack sugar free jello ok should i add or subtract food thanksemoticon

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